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Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey
Rousey in 2012
Born Ronda Jean Rousey
(1987-02-01) February 1, 1987
Riverside County, California, U.S.
Other names Rowdy
Residence Venice, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[1]
Weight 135 lb (61 kg; 9.6 st)[1]
Division Featherweight (2011)
Bantamweight (2012–present)
Reach 66.0 in (168 cm)[2]
Style judo, boxing
Fighting out of Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Glendale Fighting Club
SK Golden Boys
Rank      4th dan black belt in Judo
Years active 2011–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 10
Wins 10
By knockout 2
By submission 8
Losses 0
Website .netrondarousey
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ronda Jean Rousey (born February 1, 1987) is an American mixed martial artist, judoka and actress. She is the first and current UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion,[3] as well as the last Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion. She is undefeated, having won eight of her ten fights by armbar.[4] Rousey became the first American woman to earn an Olympic medal in Judo at the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008.[5]

Rousey trains under Gokor Chivichyan of the Hayastan MMA Academy, and Edmond Tarverdyan of the Glendale Fighting Club.[6] She formerly trained at the Olympic Training Center in Wakefield, Massachusetts, under guidance of Jimmy Pedro and is now part of Team Hayastan in Santa Monica, California. Rousey also trains with Romanian Leo Frîncu[7][8] and Gene Lebell, along with Team Hayastan fighters such as Manny Gamburyan, Karen Darabedyan, Karo Parisyan and Sako Chivitchian. She is managed by Darin Harvey of Fight Tribe MMA.[9] In July 2012, Rousey enlisted former undefeated boxing and kickboxing champion Lucia Rijker as striking coach.[10]

Rousey is the consensus #1 pound-for-pound female MMA fighter in the world, according to MMARising,[11] MMAWeekly,[12] and other publications.[13][14] She is ranked #1 at 135 pounds according to the Unified Women's MMA Rankings.[15] As of August 29, 2014, she is the #8 pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC.[16]

Rousey's first feature film role was the 2014 film The Expendables 3.[17] She will subsequently appear in Furious 7.[18]

Early life

Rousey was born in Riverside County, California. She is the daughter of Ron Rousey and AnnMaria De Mars (née Waddell).[19] Her mother had a decorated Judo career and was the first American to win a World Judo Championship with her victory in 1984. Rousey's maternal grandfather was Venezuelan, and was of part Afro-Venezuelan ancestry.[20][21] Her other ancestry includes English and Polish.[22] Her step-father is an aerospace engineer.[23]

Rousey was raised in Jamestown, North Dakota. She retired from her judo career at 21, and began her MMA career at 22 because she realized she did not want to work in a conventional field of work for the rest of her life.[24]

Fighting career

Olympic judo career

Rousey began Judo with her mother at age of 11. At 17, Rousey qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, becoming the youngest judoka in the entire Games. Also in 2004, Rousey won a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

In April 2006, she became the first female U.S. judoka in nearly 10 years to win an A-Level tournament as she went 5-0 to claim gold at the Birmingham World Cup in Great Britain. Later that year, the 19-year-old won the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships, becoming the first U.S. athlete ever to win two Junior World medals.

In February 2007, Rousey moved up to 70 kg where she ranked as one of the top three women in the world. She won the silver medal at the 2007 World Judo Championships in the middleweight division and the gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games.

In August 2008, Rousey competed at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. She lost her quarterfinal to the Dutch ex-world champion Edith Bosch but qualified for a Bronze medal match through the repechage bracket. Rousey defeated Annett Boehm by Yuko to win a bronze medal (note: Judo offers two bronze medals per weight class). With the victory, Rousey became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women's judo since its inception as an Olympic sport in 1992.

Mixed martial arts career

Rousey made her mixed martial arts debut as an amateur on August 6, 2010. She defeated Hayden Munoz by submission due to an armbar in 23 seconds.[25]

She entered the quarterfinals of the Tuff-N-Uff 145 lbs women's tournament on November 12, 2010 and submitted promotional veteran Autumn Richardson with an armbar in 57 seconds.[26]

Rousey faced Taylor Stratford in the Tuff-N-Uff tournament semi-finals on January 7, 2011 and won by technical submission due to an armbar in 24 seconds. She then announced plans to turn pro and was replaced in the tournament.[27]

Rousey made her professional mixed martial arts debut on March 27, 2011 at King of the Cage: Turning Point. She submitted Ediane Gomes with an armbar in 25 seconds.[25][28]

Rousey faced kickboxing champion Charmaine Tweet in an MMA bout at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship: School of Hard Knocks 12 on June 17, 2011 in Calgary, Canada.[29] She submitted Tweet with an armbar in 49 seconds.[30] Rousey has a 3-0 amateur winning record in amateur MMA competition, all fights combined were under 2 minutes.[24]

In 2013, Rousey's status as a top MMA fighter led to multiple commercial partnerships. In April, she was featured in a 30-second commercial for American mobile network operator MetroPCS.[31] In June, she performed as the insureon Protector in a two-minute spot for small-business insurance agency insureon.[32]

Verbal attacks

Rousey is notable for introducing trash talking to Women's MMA. In many interviews Rousey has used harsh language and openly downplayed the abilities of her opponents, which she explains as a way to generate more publicity for the sport.[33][34]


Rousey was scheduled to make her Strikeforce debut against Sarah D'Alelio on July 30, 2011 at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.[35] The fight was pushed back and eventually took place on the Strikeforce Challengers 18 main card on August 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[36] Rousey defeated D'Alelio by technical submission due to an armbar early in the first round. The victory was controversial as referee Steve Mazzagatti only stopped the fight because D’Alelio appeared to make a brief sound. According to instructions given to fighters before they compete, this is typically deemed to be a verbal submission. Mazzagatti initially did nothing, but after Rousey looked at him and stated that D’Alelio had submitted, he stopped the fight. D'Alelio admitted after the fight that she let out a verbal indication of pain.[37]

Rousey faced Julia Budd at Strikeforce Challengers 20 on November 18, 2011 in Las Vegas.[38] She won via submission due to an armbar in the first round, dislocating Budd's elbow in the process. Following the fight, she announced plans to move down to 135 pounds to challenge Miesha Tate, the Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion at the time, with whom she had developed a much-publicized rivalry.[39]

"She’s a rock star, man. She’s been killing it for us. I just hope that we can get some really good fights for her. I love Ronda, man. I do."

Women's Bantamweight Championship

Rousey challenged Tate for her Strikeforce title on March 3, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. She defeated Tate by submission due to an armbar in the first round, again dislocating her opponent's elbow, to become the new Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion.[41]

Rousey appeared in All Access: Ronda Rousey on Showtime. The half-hour special debuted on August 8, 2012.[42] UFC President Dana White revealed during the programme that "In the next 10 years, if there's a woman in the octagon, it's probably going to be Ronda Rousey."[43] The second installment of the special aired on August 15, 2012.[44] Rousey also appeared on Conan.[45]

Rousey defended her Strikeforce title against wanted to fight her, it would have to take place at bantamweight.[48][49]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

In November 2012, the Ultimate Fighting Championship announced that Rousey had become the first female fighter to sign with the UFC.[50][51]

UFC President Dana White officially announced at the UFC on Fox: Henderson vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference that Rousey was the first UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion.

Rousey defended her title against Liz Carmouche on February 23, 2013 at UFC 157. Despite being caught in an early standing neck crank attempt from Carmouche, Rousey got out of it and successfully defended her Bantamweight Championship title, winning the fight at 4:49 into the first round by submission due to an armbar.[52]

After Cat Zingano defeated Miesha Tate at The Ultimate Fighter: Team Jones vs. Team Sonnen Finale, Dana White announced that Zingano would be a coach of The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey.

On May 28, it was announced that Zingano would not be a coach and opponent for Rousey after Zingano suffered a knee injury earlier that same month which would require surgery; therefore, Miesha Tate instead would coach on The Ultimate Fighter 18 against Rousey.[53]

Rousey faced Miesha Tate, in a rematch from Strikeforce, at UFC 168 on December 28, 2013. After going past the first two rounds, with Tate surviving an armbar attempt and a triangle attempt, Rousey finally submitted Tate via armbar in the third round to retain her Bantamweight Championship.[54]

It was announced at the UFC 168 post-fight press conference that Rousey would defend the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against fellow Olympic medalist and undefeated fighter, Sara McMann in the main event at UFC 170 on February 22, 2014.[55] Rousey won the fight by TKO after knocking down McMann with a knee to the body. This marked Rousey's first career win other than by armbar.

On April 11, 2014 it was announced that Rousey would defend the UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship against Alexis Davis in the co-main event at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014. She won the fight via knockout just sixteen seconds into the first round. The emphatic win also earned Rousey her second Performance of the Night bonus award.[56] A matchup between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano was scheduled to take place at UFC 182 for the women's bantamweight title.[57] However, on October 29, 2014, UFC president Dana White confirmed that the fight was moved to February 28, 2015 at UFC 184.[58]

Fighting style

A decorated judoka, Rousey typically grounds an opponent with tosses and sweeps, then seeks to finish with strikes or submissions.[59][60] From top position, she usually attacks with punches from side control; in rear position, she often secures a back mount and attacks with head strikes.[61][62][63]

Rousey is well known for her skill in grappling and jiu-jitsu, and is particularly noted for her string of victories by armbar. Against accomplished strikers, such as Julia Budd and Sarah Kaufman, Rousey has typically brought the fight down and sought a quick submission.[60][64] Powerful grapplers, such as Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche, have been more competitive with Rousey on the ground.[59][61]

During early fights in her MMA career, Rousey mainly used striking to set up judo. She became a more proficient striker following her UFC debut, leading to her first wins by way of stoppage. While standing, Rousey normally uses jabs, knees, and overhand rights.[65][66]

While discussing her signature armbar in an interview, Rousey noted that her judoka mother jumped on her every morning to wake her up with armbars.[67]

Modeling and film

Rousey appeared nude on the cover of ESPN The Magazine's 2012 Body Issue and in a pictorial therein.[68][69] Touching upon the strategic cropping, poses and arm placement used in the photos to make them less revealing, Rousey explained, "With all these ring girls and their vaginas – all of this goes back to advice my mom gave me. She gave me this one piece of advice, which I still hold dear. She said, 'Look, whatever pictures you put out there are gonna be out there forever, so just think that one day your 12 or 13-year-old son or daughter is going to see those pictures. Whatever you want your son or daughter, or even your 13-year-old little sister to see, keep that in mind.' So, whatever I’m not gonna show on a beach, I'm not gonna show in a magazine. These girls are going to have to explain to their kids one day why mommy's ass and vagina are all over the place."[70] Her rival Miesha Tate criticized Rousey's comments as "hypocritical", arguing that Rousey's comments about ring girls constituted a double standard.[71] In July 2012, Rousey also criticized the employment of Kim Kardashian as a spokesperson, saying, "I don't want some girl whose entire fame is based on [appearing in] a sex video to be selling Skechers to my 13-year-old little sister."[72][73][74] That same month, she also criticized fellow Olympian Michael Phelps, for not congregating with the other American athletes during the 2008 Summer Olympics and during an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.[75]

In May 2013, Rousey was ranked 29 on the Maxim Hot 100.[76] She also appeared on the cover and in a pictorial of the September 2013 issue.

On July 23, 2013, Sylvester Stallone announced via his official Twitter account that Rousey will star in The Expendables 3, marking her first role in a major motion picture.[17] On August 9, Dwayne Johnson announced that Rousey would appear in Furious 7.[18] Rousey will star in Athena Project, and will also be one of the female leads in the upcoming film Entourage.[77]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 The Expendables 3 Luna
2015 Furious 7 Kara
2015 Entourage

Personal life

Rousey was formerly a vegan[5] but describes her current diet as, "kind of a mix between a Paleo and a Warrior diet."[78]

She originally opposed using the nickname her friends gave her, "Rowdy", feeling it would be disrespectful to pro wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. After meeting him through Gene LeBell (who helped train both), Piper personally gave his approval.[79]

Championships and accomplishments

Upcoming MMA fight

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 10–0 Alexis Davis KO (punches) UFC 175 July 5, 2014 1 0:16 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; Performance of the Night.
Win 9–0 Sara McMann TKO (knee to the body) UFC 170 February 22, 2014 1 1:06 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; Performance of the Night.
Win 8–0 Miesha Tate Submission (armbar) UFC 168 December 28, 2013 3 0:58 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Defended UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship; Fight of the Night; Submission of the Night.
Win 7–0 Liz Carmouche Submission (armbar) UFC 157 February 23, 2013 1 4:49 Anaheim, California, United States Defended UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 6–0 Sarah Kaufman Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman August 18, 2012 1 0:54 San Diego, California, United States Defended Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship; Promoted to UFC Women's Bantamweight Championship.
Win 5–0 Miesha Tate Submission (armbar) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey March 3, 2012 1 4:27 Columbus, Ohio, United States Bantamweight debut; Won Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Championship; Women's Submission of the Year (2012).
Win 4–0 Julia Budd Submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers 20 November 18, 2011 1 0:39 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Women's Submission of the Year (2011).
Win 3–0 Sarah D'Alelio Technical submission (armbar) Strikeforce Challengers 18 August 12, 2011 1 0:25 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 2–0 Charmaine Tweet Submission (armbar) HKFC - School of Hard Knocks 12 June 17, 2011 1 0:49 Calgary, Alberta, Canada Catchweight of 150 pounds.
Win 1–0 Ediane Gomes Submission (armbar) KOTC - Turning Point March 27, 2011 1 0:25 Tarzana, California, United States

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Further reading

  • Sanneh, Kelefa (July 28, 2014). "Profiles: Mean Girl".  

External links

Preceded by
Miesha Tate
4th and final Strikeforce Women's Bantamweight Champion
March 3, 2012 – December 6, 2012
Became UFC Champion
New championship 1st UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion
December 6, 2012 – present
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